Chasing a Good Signal

Friska Tosaleko, from Indonesia, serves with Kartidaya in Central Sulawesi. She is a translation facilitator working with the Padoe language in the Simar Cluster project.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many translation projects around the world have slowed or even paused. Yet, Friksa and her team continue to make progress — with remote support from Kartidaya’s administrative and IT teams in Jakarta.

Normally, the team would gather at a central location to check translated Scriptures. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they are meeting virtually via Zoom with laptops and mobile devices. In one of their recent virtual meetings, about 30 people gathered. After worshiping and praying together, they broke into small “rooms” for checking.

Friska was in one of those virtual rooms, checking the Padoe language. But her “room” has quite a view. In order to have a smooth meeting, she had to chase a good network signal by moving her chair to the slope of a hill near her village. The umbrella had been set up there as a landmark of a stronger signal.

Kartidaya’s administrative and IT teams hosted and supported the Zoom meeting remotely from Jakarta. While the administrative team led worship and prayer, the IT team did technical support to help the cluster team members who were physically scattered in different locations.

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Photo courtesy: Kartidaya
Text: Ling Lam

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